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Mazda MX5 MK1 Restoration

The latest project to be completed is a Mk1 MX5 which has undergone an extensive restoration over a period of almost a year. The car has been extensively upgraded with track days and hill climbs in mind and and now benefits from a turbo charger which boosts the engines power to 230 BHP.


The car was recovered from in a field on Cornwall where it had sat for almost 10 years and had suffered with corrosion in the usual places. The rear sills where completely rebuilt along with the inner arches and front sills. A new battery tray was fabricated as well as new chassis rails out of 3mm plate to stiffen the chassis. Once all rust repairs where completed the underside was coated in Raptor underseal and the topside was coated with blue tinted Raptor.


Once the underside was completed the car was resprayed in the original Mariner blue including the engine bay. The engine bay was extensively 'tidied' so all wiring was tucked and hidden away and any unnecessary items where removed.


To increase the cars performance a TD04 turbocharger was added with a Greddy exhaust manifold. To get the most from the turbocharger and to aid spooling a custom 3" stainless turbo back exhaust system was fabricated with V band clamps to make removal and fitting easier. To support the turbo rx8 blue 540cc injectors were fitted, a Walbro fuel pump, Megasquirt stand alone ECU, Mishimoto intercooler, custom 2.5" aluminium intercooler piping, variable TPS for launch control and flash shifting, turbosmart blow off valve, Skuzzle Motorsport stage 1 Clutch, IL Motorsports coolant reroute, oil cooler and AEM gauges.


To cope with the performance increase bigger brakes from the 1.8 were fitted with Skuzzle Motorsport braided lines and Mintex racing pads as well as all calipers being blasted. painted and completely rebuilt. HSD fully adjustable coilovers were also fitted, front and rear strut braces, Whiteline racing adjustable anti roll bars and an IL Motorsport rear subframe brace. Front fender brace where fabricated from 2mm oval tubing, fully tig welded and painted in 2k gloss black, these drastically increase chassis stiffness and will soon be available to buy. A custom rear jacking bar and tow points was also fabricated as well as a front subframe brace.


A 5 Race roll was fitted to increase safety and further stiffen the chassis. Bucket seats where also fitted with Sparco harnesses and a custom passenger seat mount that unlike most mounting solutions retains the stock runners.






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